Editing Process

I’ve been working on my new young adult novel for just over a month now. I’ve come to a stand still at the minute because the idea has changed and reformed several times during the writing process and now I feel like I’ve hit a wall. I need to go back, make notes and add things in.

When I’m actually in the swing of it and surrounded by revision papers, I like it but I find that it’s the getting started part that sometimes takes a while (procrastination extraordinaire!) I have come to a pattern that really works for me through the editing process so I try to stick with it as much as possible.

  1. Print a copy of the manuscript so far. It’s just a draft copy so presentation isn’t too important and double sided works well.
  2. Make sure I have a notebook (usually the one I’ve been working on with the story) at hand to make notes as I go.
  3. A set of pens of different colours, using red to mark the mistakes and green for things I want to leave in (as you can guess, the red pen gets used more!)
  4. I always tend to find that setting aside a good chunk of time is a good idea as it means I can get as much done as possible in one setting.
  5. Edit! Edit! Edit!

The thing about the editing process is that you’ve worked so hard on what you’ve got and then you know that you have to get rid of a lot of it. A lot of it is very early rough draft stuff and sentences, paragraphs, even whole scenes are deleted but then you also see room for new scenes too. So in one way it can be quite difficult but in another, it’s a cathartic process and one which you know you’re improving. 

When will I start editing? Hopefully today! If not, the next few days.

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Day 100 of 100!

You might remember me blogging about writing 100 stories in 100 days or have seen my guest blog spot here:

http://incompetentwriter.com/2014/04/14/write-a-story-every-day-for-100-days/

I finally finished! Today, May the 13th, was day 100! I have to say that I have been through some thick and thin moments. Sometimes I’ve been so bursting with ideas that I had to keep going. Sometimes I’ve been so tired that the thought of writing anything has been almost ludicrous. Sometimes my muse has simply left me alone for a while and I have stared at a blank piece of paper–or screen–for a long time. But nevertheless, I reached my goal. I did have a few days off (which was allowed) and it seems that my goal changed slightly from writing short stories everyday to just writing. I started a new novel and got it up to forty pages before I hit a wall (editing required before I can continue). I wrote a lot–and I mean a lot– of short stories. Some of them were so short they were micro fiction, others were longer. I even started participating in a story with another author which we are adding to bits at a time. It has been one hell of an experience.

Would I do it again? Yes. I think so anyway. Not for a while. Would I continue on to do the 365 day challenge? Not right now. I recently got seconded at work and my new job is keeping me both busy and tired so for now, I’m going to pat myself on the back, enjoy my moment of creativity and take a rest. I’m sure I’ll be back!

The Motel Room: A review

So I just finished reading The Motel Room, a novella written by Alyssa Cooper . It’s described as ghost story and it’s just that, with a twist that I didn’t expect! I found myself sinking into the world of the motel room as the narrator did and I saw it just the way he did, including all the people that passed through and the way the motel room changed over time. Alyssa is brilliant at creating an atmosphere and I wasn’t disappointed here.

The novella is a great narrative that takes the reader through a myriad of emotion including heart ache, hope and frustration and I found that my curiosity was piqued throughout. The novella would be well read in a gloomy room or perhaps on a rainy day as it sucks the reader into the motel room itself and would reflect the setting. I would recommend this as a good read!

I felt myself really feeling for the main character. It seems he’s had a troubled life since going to the motel room and as the story moves on and unfolds, we find out about his background, his own story.

When asked where the inspiration for The Motel Room came from, Alyssa told me:

The inspiration for this one came from the two years I spent working summers as a hotel housekeeper. I spent every day washing away any trace that my guests ever existed – and it made me wonder a lot, about those people, their day to day lives, and really, just about life in general.

 

The Motel Room was born of that introspection, although it took me a while to get it down on paper.

 

Alyssa’s biography:

A lifelong lover of literature, Alyssa Cooper was first published at the age of eighteen. Her passion for the written word started early, and as a child she would carry her mother’s novels as part of her wardrobe. She has dedicated her life to developing her voice and pushing the limits of her craft. She is the author of three traditionally published books, Salvation, Benjamin, and Cold Breath of Life. The Motel Room and Whispering Peak are her first forays into independent publishing. She currently resides in Belleville, Ontario, where she lives with her typewriters and a personal library.

 

Alyssa can be contacted at:

http://alyssacooper.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/AlyssaCooperLit

https://twitter.com/alyssacooperlit

 

You can purchase this great novella here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Motel-Room-Ghost-Story-ebook/dp/B00JHV0U9E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399993556&sr=8-1&keywords=the+motel+room